THE PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE OF NORTH WALES

PRESS RELEASE: – 10 April 2013

Freemasons to help local families still homeless because of last year’s floods

Many people in North Wales are still suffering as a result of the floods that hit last November, with families remaining homeless. The Province of North Wales has joined together with The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, a national grant-maker, to donate £13,000 to those affected.
Freemasons in the local area have raised £3,000, in addition, the President of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has also approved a grant of £10,000 to help the St Asaph & Ruthin Flood Appeals. This money will be used to help families who have been made homeless, many of whom have young children.

On Tuesday 27th November 2012, North Wales was struck by a period of torrential rain, bursting the banks of the River Elwy causing flooding in the St Asaph and Ruthin area. The event was reported as the biggest disaster to hit North Wales since the Towyn floods of 1990. One person was killed and over 1,100 people were affected, with 451 properties flooded.

The Provincial Grand Master for North Wales – Ieuan Redvers Jones stated, “We have witnessed first-hand the devastation caused by the floods in the St Asaph and Ruthin area and four months on we are eager to help those families who are still homeless. We hope that this £13,000 will provide them with much needed items, and that soon they will be able to return to their homes. Freemasons care about their local communities and we are very happy to be able to help in this way.

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity donates £2.5million to charitable causes every year.